Crushed Kyrgios hoping for Davis Cup distraction

Nick Kyrgios believes that being part of Australia’s Davis Cup team for the match against the Czech Republic will help him deal with his disastrous exit from his home grand slam in January.

Kyrgios was jeered off the court by sections of the crowd after squandering a two-set lead and throwing a tantrum in the 1-6, 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-2, 10-8 second round loss to Andreas Seppi at this year’s Australian Open.

As if the public humiliation of being booed by his own fans was not bad enough, Kyrgios was the target of the local media in the day’s that followed his defeat.

However, the troubled Australian is now looking forward to working with Lleyton Hewitt and the rest of the Davis Cup team as they prepare to face the Czech Republic.

"I was obviously struggling, mentally it was tough," the world number 15 said on Tuesday about his loss to Seppi in Melbourne.

"But I've had a lot of support and obviously Rusty [Hewitt] has been helping me through it.

"I think this week is crucial for me to bounce back and go out to try to enjoy it again and I feel good.

"I think playing Davis Cup is going to improve my general well-being.

"It's a good environment and makes me happy being with these guys and getting out on the practice court and training because usually when I'm by myself I struggle to find the motivation.

"These weeks are pretty crucial for someone around my time of my career.”

Australia play the Czech Republic at Kooyong this weekend.